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Grandweld steps up newbuilding deliveries

Grandweld steps up newbuilding deliveries
Dubai-based shipyard Grandweld expects to deliver a record 18 newbuildings this year.

Most recent delivery is dive maintenance and support vessel Tawam 1, for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which was contracted in December 2013. Wholly designed and built by Grandweld, it will operated by Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Operating Company (IRSHAD), initially in the Mubaraz Field off the UAE.

With 65-ton bollard pull capability, accommodation for up to 30 persons and achievable speed of 13 knots, the 50 m long DMSV is designed to carry out a wide range of tasks besides suppporting dive systems. it is fitted with anchor handling equipment, a 35 tonne offshore lifting crane and external firefighting capability to class 1.

Several other recent deliveries have been of Grandweld’s popular 42m fast crew/supply boat design, including the 75-seater FNSA 3 and FNSA 4 for Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Dubai, already chartered for projects off Abu Dhabi. They bring the ISS fleet to 18 vessels, and help “meet the increased demand of the Oil & Gas industry for faster and more efficient crew/supply vessels,’ says ISS Middle East and India evp Flemming Jensen.

Founded in 1984, Grandweld entered the newbuilding arena in 1999, and has since focused mainly on fast crew boats, of which it has built over 50 to date, achieving a 50-60% reduction in construction man hours in the process. In 2012 it moved to Dubai Maritime City, where it employs 1,600 persons, including a 40-strong design and engineering team.

The yard’s latest emphasis is on building offshore support vessels suitable for use in the Middle East that are economical to build and operate, Grandweld gm Jamal Abki told a team of overseas journalists who visited the yard earlier this month. “Why build vessels in China to operate here?”

Grandweld also carries out ship repairs and conversions, and prides itself on “turnaround times shorter than for other Middle East yards,” according to Abki.